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Photo Feature Friday: New York Fashion Week 2012

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For the past week New York City was the center of attention in the fashion world while New York Fashion Week was underway. With over 300 designers presenting their fall 2012 collections, there were plenty of behind the scenes and runway photographs shared with Instagram through the tag #nyfw. We were even the lucky recipients of a Fashion 2.0 Award for the “Next Big Thing in Tech”!

Take a look at some of our favorite images from NYFW 2012 below.

Photos by thewallgroup, amtendler, melissachrisp, bfa_nyc, oscarprgirl, omgitsmeg, wsj, harrybeeenyc, bryanteslava, _frommetoyou, eholmeswsj & shamphel.

Instagrammers in Abu Dhabi for Volvo Ocean Race

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Puma (@puma) flew a few lucky Instagrammers to Abu Dhabi to photograph the Volvo Ocean Race, a 9-month yacht race around the world, held every three years. The Instagrammers at the event will be sharing photos to their own feed and tagging them #marmostro, which is the name of Puma’s boat and means “Sea Monster” in Italian. Instagrammers just arrived a couple days ago and will be there until this Sunday. Follow these users to keep up on the action!

PUMA (@puma)

Mar Mostro (@marmostro)

James Nord (@jamesnord)

Brian DiFeo (@bridif)

Anthony D. (@takinyerphoto

The Impossible Cool (@impossiblecool)

Jamie Beck (@_frommetoyou)

Kevin Burg (@kevinburg)

Yimmy Yayo (@yimmyayo)

You can read more about the event on Mashable.

2012 Iowa Caucuses

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The Iowa caucuses, a major political event in the United States, were held yesterday. The event was captured through photos on Instagram by major news organizations such as Good Morning America and PBS NewsHour. Most notably, President Barack Obama joined Instagram to share his first Instagram photo, a behind-the-scenes shot as he addressed Iowa caucus-goers.

Photos by barackobama, laur9231, newshour, goodmorningamerica, lolo_victoria, skenigsberg, chrismziegler, s2t2 & kylemunson.

SantaCon 2011

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A flash mob of Santas took to the streets of New York & San Francisco yesterday for SantaCon. According to SantaCon NYC, “Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.” Looking at the photos shared with Instagram through the #santacon tag, participants spread lots of cheer & joy from coast to coast!

Photos by mckochman, ciaochessa, shawnasimmons, sgoralnick, _suz, digitalcandies, owenthomas, davita_aundrea, abenzion, luckymagazine, whoisthebaldguy & emmatheyellow.

Happy Thanksgiving

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The travel, family, and dinner preparation photos have already begun showing up in our feeds and on the #Thanksgiving hashtag page.

To those who will be celebrating turkey (or tofurkey) day this year — we hope you have a holiday filled with delicious food, laughter, and wish you safe travels!

Photos by jsmnsfn, ashli815, pchastine, besarahmarie, flhwiheart, fortheleast, freedom_is_my_song, heyitsmelissa, missloraly, vonpooch, samnason & tomjoubert.

Big Moments: Taylor Swift’s AMA Win!

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We’re always honored when users share important moments with us, and we love that Taylor Swift is sharing her life with her fans through Instagram, so we wanted to send a huge congratulations to her on taking home three awards at Sunday’s American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year!

Taylor has shared photos of her life on the road, lucky number 13 spottings, behind the scenes photos from awards ceremonies and, of course, her Scottish Fold kitten, Meredith! Here are some of our favorite photos Taylor has shared, and you can find her at @taylorswift on Instagram.

Occupy Wall Street Eviction

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At around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement, who had taken up residency for the past 2 months in Zuccotti Park, were cleared by the NYPD. Photos of the empty park, relocated protests, and protesters reentering the park just a few hours ago were broadcasted through Instagram throughout the day. 

You can read more about the occupancy in our previous blog post about Occupy Wall Street.  

Photos by millievp, nbcnews, jungletimer, majames, dschnoeb, jsteelz, ndennany, salmendoza, uniiquephotography, littlelachance, kogeto, mdpny, creativemigration & lajuli.

The New York City Marathon 2011

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The annual NYC Marathon was this past weekend and we saw so many inspiring photos posted to Instagram of the 26.219 mile, or 42.195 kilometer, run through the five boroughs of New York City.

This year Kenyan athlete Geoffrey Mutai won the men’s event in a time of 2:05:05& Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the women’s race in a time of 2:23:15. Congratulations to all 46,795 people who completed the race! Be sure to check out more photos at #nycmarathon.

Photos by megmadaris, majourjd, maurice, sgoralnick, theladyv, mrehmer, msg, aliveinnyc, mspro75, susiefloros, jcohen77, anthonyquintano, taipansound & josephthomascoakley.

Halloween 2011

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Roasted pumpkin seeds, candy corn, trick-or-treating at that one creepy house in your neighborhood, dogs developing a case of spaghetti legs the second they’re forced to wear a costume. What’s not to love about Halloween?!

We’ve seen some great photos from our favorite spooky holiday on Instagram. In fact, there are over 130,000 images tagged with #halloween! Check out some of our favorites below:

From everyone here at Instagram, we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

Photos by canvaspop, missjordyn, domoknickers, warbyparker, quartz16, chefonthebeat, lechousauvage, anchor11, snowhughes, mwilke, julebaber823, gplefka, freepeople, & frankly_watani.

CMJ Music Marathon 2011

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CMJ 2011 just ended and judging by the photos that have been hash-tagged with #CMJ there were tons of fantastic soon-to-be-discovered bands that performed! For those of you not familiar with the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, College Music Journal describes the event below:

Over five nonstop days and nights, the world’s most important platform for the discovery of new music, CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, invades New York City with over 1,300 artist performances and dozens of cutting-edge films.

Here are some of our favorite photos (and bands!) from CMJ:

Photo credit: Johanna & The Dusty Floor by sweatersworth, STS by eastvillageradio, Motopony (@motoponymusic on Instagram) by lookatmejump, CSS by skaskecherArmy Navy by eastvillageradio, Gary Clark Jr by msgStates by hilaryjcorts, King Krule by srgnThe Lonely Forest by evanpierriThe Stepkids by troyquan, Gotye by thapow, Dad Rocks by papergardenrecords, elbyh, & jbloodough.